ISLAMABAD, Mar 01 ( Alliance News): Australian batsman Steve Smith has said that his teammates are feeling much safer during their first tour of Pakistan after almost 25 years.
His remarks came a day after news broke that spinner Ashton Eiger had received death threats on a social networking site just days before the start of the tour.
According to foreign media , Ashton Eiger was threatened to stop traveling to Pakistan, but the threat was rejected after an investigation by Pakistani and Australian boards and government security agencies.
Cricket Australia said in response to the threat that there were extensive security plans for such social media activities and that the threat was not considered a serious threat.
“We are aware of the tragic incidents that are taking place on social networking platforms,” he told reporters ahead of the first Test match starting March 4 in Rawalpindi.
Prominent Australian batsman Steve Smith said: “There are a lot of people working with us here, we are confident in our security and we feel very safe in Pakistan.
Since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, the top teams have largely refused to come to Pakistan. The attack in Lahore killed six policemen and two civilians.
International teams have recently resumed their tour of Pakistan, but returned home in September following a sudden cancellation of the tour just minutes before the opening match in Rawalpindi following a New Zealand government security alert.
Three days after New Zealand canceled the tour, England followed suit and barred their men’s and women’s teams from touring Pakistan in October, citing the players’ mental and physical health.
Smith said he was enjoying the challenge of playing cricket in Pakistan, adding that it was a great experience to come back and play cricket.
Many of us have come to Pakistan for the first time and we are very excited, we know how excited Pakistanis are about cricket.
In the match against Sri Lanka in Sydney last month, Steve Smith fell on the boundary rope and hit his head on the ground, injuring him, but the 32-year-old batsman said that his injury was serious. Is recovering
Steve Smith said: “I have experienced the first session of fast bowling and I have also encountered spin bowling during training. I am recovering from the injury.
“The head injury has improved a lot over the last few days. I’m feeling better.